Nigerian Airlines Race To Meet 6 Aircraft Requirement

Nigerian domestic airlines are in a race to meet the January 2025 deadline set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to raise their minimum aircraft to six, Daily Trust can report. 

Amidst the opposition trailing the move by the NCAA which has been inculcated in the recently amended Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCAR), the regulatory authority said there is no going back on the requirement.

This is just as experts and stakeholders are now calling on the airlines to explore the possibility of merger to remain in business.

According to the Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the new requirement will help the airlines to be on a strong financial footing to provide services to the passengers.

The new rule 

Daily Trust reports that the amendment provides a minimum of six aircraft for a start-up carrier.

Part Nine of the NigCAR 2023 that deals with Air Operator Certification and Administration explicitly makes provision for the new aircraft requirement.

The existing airlines have, however, been given the grace of January 2025 to embark on a fleet expansion programme to have at least a minimum of six operating aircraft for their AOC to remain valid.

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